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Brera - 165k miles

I'm in need of a second car and I've convinced myself that a Brera is right for me. Budget is pretty tight as it's only really for work (<120 miles a week).

I've read the forums on what to look out for... However am I just asking for trouble in later life if I get one with a lot of miles on the clock?

Any advice appreciated!
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Don't do it. Any 165k car will need money spending on it sooner rather than later.
Don't just look at the purchase price, it's all about maintaining it and keeping it on the road.
Fine if you have the budget, but you say you haven't.
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Yes, add an extra 2000 ontop of what you already have to fix up any niggles and issues.

And that's if the engine is good.

Clutch and DMF 1000
Gear box rebuild 2500
EGR/ DPF issues 600-800
Worn Bushes 500-700.

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Thanks both. Very helpful!
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At 165k it might have already had shed loads of money spent on it, I can't imagine how it would still be running/driving and in a state to be sold if it hadn't. So it could be a better proposition than a 100k example. Its really hard to say, if you're not sure then get a pre-purchase inspection done on the car by an Alfa specialist.
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So it could be a better proposition than a 100k example
This. You could spend 5-6k and still need to keep another 2k in reserve as parts fail for the first time. Alternatively, you could spend 2-3k on one which has recently had lots of work and you may get lucky and never need to dip into your reserve.
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Go through its service history and check for when it was last serviced, when it last had its pads and discs replaced, when (if) its had a gearbox rebuild, M32 boxes are supposed to be pretty fragile and may need doing at the 60k mark. Clutch and DMF need doing around the 60k mark too, so at 120k and 180 aswell, Cambelt at 60k too. EGR may be clogged or could be on the way out, DPF may need cleaning or replacing (Don't remove, laws are now stricter on this). Map / Maf sensors might be on their way out aswell. Powersteering reservoir and fluid might need replacing if you have squeaky steering wheel syndrome. Check for inner tyre wear, if there is any will need re-aligning or new bushes. Check for sub-frame rust. Check battery, a dodgy / old one will cause many errors and issues that can be solved with replacing this. Swirl flaps need to be de-swirled i.e deleted i.e welded shut to avoid falling into the engine on the 1.9 engines too.

Just a few things I can think of atm.

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If its 2.4 the gearbox clutch flywheel etc are much sturdier and should last much longer
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Go through its service history and check for when it was last serviced, when it last had its pads and discs replaced, when (if) its had a gearbox rebuild, M32 boxes are supposed to be pretty fragile and may need doing at the 60k mark. Clutch and DMF need doing around the 60k mark too, so at 120k and 180 aswell, Cambelt at 60k too. EGR may be clogged or could be on the way out, DPF may need cleaning or replacing (Don't remove, laws are now stricter on this). Map / Maf sensors might be on their way out aswell. Powersteering reservoir and fluid might need replacing if you have squeaky steering wheel syndrome. Check for inner tyre wear, if there is any will need re-aligning or new bushes. Check for sub-frame rust. Check battery, a dodgy / old one will cause many errors and issues that can be solved with replacing this. Swirl flaps need to be de-swirled i.e deleted i.e welded shut to avoid falling into the engine on the 1.9 engines too.

Just a few things I can think of atm.
There is no 1.9 DERV for the Brera, only 2.4 or the super-rare 2.0.
The OP doesn't say what engine he/she is after, but looking at their commute mileage you'd assume petrol., so I'd have thought the 2.2 is probably most likely. So gearbox noise and cam chain EML are the main things to check.
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Ahh ok , just reeling off what I've learnt for my car, did not know Breras only had 2.4 and 2.0 for the DERV.
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